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Of course the Obama administration was not going to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

"James Comey's Dereliction" is from the October 24, 2016 issue of National Review.

©2016 National Review Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 05-30-18

Listen for context and content, but . . .

Andrew C. McCarthy’s piece is a good reflection of how conservative America was feeling in the two weeks before the 2016 presidential election. I can’t decide who Mr. McCarthy hated more: FBI Director James Comey, who he had worked with in the past; or former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Here’s a timeline of where this National Review article fits:

The FBI opened an investigation into Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server on July 24, 2015.

FBI Director James Comey announced the investigation was being closed without charges against Secretary Clinton on July 5, 2016.

***On October 24, 2016, the National Review published this piece by conservative commentator Mr. McCarthy, excoriating Mr. Comey for his handling of the investigation, arguing that Secretary Clinton had committed multiple felonies in mishandling classified information.***

On October 28, 2016, 4 Days later, Mr. Comey reopened the FBI investigation.

On November 6, 2016, Mr. Comey announced that Secretary Clinton would not face charges.

On November 8, 2016, two days after that, Donald Trump was elected president. As former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper concludes in “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” (2018), Comey’s actions exacerbated the confusion and misinformation peddled by Russian intelligence, and Russian interference cost Mrs. Clinton the presidency.

As enlightening as the piece is, I was completely distracted by Mr. McCarthy’s “analysis” of negligence. Mr. McCarthy mixed up and misapplied elements of simple negligence, gross negligence, statutory negligence, negligence per se, criminal negligence, federal and state laws, and randomly tossed in mens rea. I expected more.

The narration was also a problem - the Latin phrase “Mens rea” (guilty intent) is not usually pronounced so it rhymes with “diarrhea”. “Rea” is pronounced Ray-a.

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